Personal injury claims help and support
If your life has been affected by illness or injury, we are here to help.
Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent road user, employer or anyone else, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
Every year, we help injured people in Chard, Somerset and across the UK get compensation for their injuries, loss of earnings and any other losses.
How were you injured?
There are several steps involved in making an injury claim. The steps involved will depend on how and where you were injured.
For more information, see:
Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?
The basic criteria for making a claim are that the injury must have occurred:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was at least partly to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Is there anything else that can affect my eligibility to claim?
Yes. In practice, various other factors can affect whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or whether a child was injured.
If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 376 1001. You can also find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker.
Can I claim compensation on behalf of a child?
Claimants who were injured as a child have until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own behalf. If you are the parent or guardian of an injured child, you can start a claim on their behalf.
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the extent of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:
Road accident claims in Chard
Accidents on Chard's roads are quite common. Government data reveals there were 967 road accidents in Somerset in 2021 (782 slight accidents, 164 accidents and 21 fatalities).
Drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians all owe a duty of care to all other road users. If you have been injured as a result of the actions or negligence of another road user, you may be able to start a claim for compensation.
Whether you were hurt in a collision, or have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, our expert guide sets out how to start a road accident claim.
Chard work injury claims
In 2021, there were 549 non-fatal work accidents and 2 fatalities in Somerset.
|Work accidents in Somerset (RIDAGGR)||Reported Injuries|
|Electric shock injury||0%|
|Contact with machinery||5%|
|Harmful substance related||1%|
|Fall from height||11%|
|Animal related (e.g. livestock)||0%|
|Lifting and handling injuries||30%|
|Slip or trip||22%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||2%|
|Struck by object||10%|
|Trapped underneath something||0%|
If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries and any other losses or expenses.
Whether you were injured or became ill working as a firefighter or an electrician, our work injury claim guide explains what you need to know about making a successful claim.
Chard medical negligence claims
Clinical negligence (medical negligence) is the term for when a patient is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from any of the clinics and NHS trusts covering Chard, including Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset).
Chard public place injury claims
An individual or company that owns or occupies a property has a legal duty of care to the people who visit it.
Whether your accident happened in a restaurant or in a gym, and a third party caused your accident, you could be able to claim.
If you have been injured in an accident in public, we can help you make a public place accident claim for financial compensation.
Claim compensation for a serious injury
Catastrophic injuries that involve long-term treatment and recovery, or have a debilitating impact on your life, include spinal and skull fractures, complex fractures and serious head trauma, but could also include other illnesses and injuries such as loss of sight, cancer and back injuries.
We know how important a successful serious injury claim will be. Compensation will help to reduce the financial burden, and your specialist catastrophic injury solicitor will also liaise with insurers and care professionals, so you can focus on your recovery.
Will I need to meet my solicitor face to face?
Personal injury claims are conducted remotely. This means you won't have to travel to your solicitor's office when making a claim.
You can talk to a legally-trained advisor about your accident or injury, before you choose to start a claim.
If you decide to start a claim, you will speak to a specialist solicitor. Your solicitor will always be available to answer any questions, and they will keep you updated every step of the way.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Chard and cross the UK.
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- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
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Frequently asked questions
Has Quittance helped many claimants in Chard?
Whether you live in Chard, Somerset or elsewhere, we can help you to make no win, no fee injury claim.
Whether your injury occurred at your place of work, in a car or bike accident or due to a negligent diagnosis our team will make sure your claim is handled by a specialist injury solicitor.
Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee
If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.
Chard personal injury solicitor reviews
All injury lawyers must meet strict professional standards, service levels can vary. Online reviews and recommendations from friends and family will make it easier choose the best solicitor for your needs.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes take years.
Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.
This table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:
Personal injury claim type
Estimated claim duration*
Road accident claims
4 to 9 months
Work accident claims
6 to 9 months
Medical negligence claims
12 to 36 months
Industrial disease claims
12 to 18 months
Public place or occupiers’ liability claims
6 to 9 months
MIB claims (uninsured drivers)
3 to 4 months**
CICA claims (criminal assault)
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor
About the author
Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.